Religious News From Around the Web June 1, 2020
Sikh Temple Prepares 100,000 Free Meals Each Day, SCOTUS Decides Church Restrictions, Furor Over Evangelical Christian Head of Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes, Vote on Methodist Split, Religious Leaders on Death of George Floyd
Delhi Sikh Temple Prepares 100,000 Free Meals Each Day
Four dozen Sikh men from New Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurdwara have continued a centuries-old legacy and serve up to 100,000 vegetarian meals per day during India’s coronavirus lockdown.
Supreme Court Decides in Case as In-Person Worship Resumes
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts sided with four liberal justices in South Bay Calif.’s United Pentecostal Church appeal of state restrictions on attendance. However, the Court’s conservative members stated that putting occupancy caps on churches while omitting them for some secular businesses is unconstitutional.
Furor Over Indigenous Tribes in Brazil
Photographs show indigenous tribesmen in Brazil’s rain forest shooting arrows at a hovering helicopter. Is it ethical to leave them to their ways, deliberately keep them isolated and ignorant of the rest of humanity? Is it ethical to bring them Christianity, expose them to diseases for which they have no immunity and disrupt their culture? Controversy has erupted again over such questions following the appointment of an evangelical Christian to head the indigenous tribes agency.
Vote on Methodist Split Postponed One Year
The United Methodist Church, divided for some time over the issue of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ members were to meet this month to amicably separate, but because of the Coronavirus, the meeting – largely focusing on church mortgages and pensions – has been postponed until next year.
Religious Leaders Decry Death of George Floyd, Call for Justice, Equity
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have raised their voices to condemn racial bias in the justice system while discouraging violence in response to the death of George Floyd. And Southern Baptist leaders have published a statement grieving the death of Floyd and calling for the end of “racial inequity in the distribution of justice in our country.”